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RIM Releases BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 Service Pack 4 (Express Included)

BES Release

RIM has pushed out its latest update to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. This time we are getting Service Pack 4 which we have heard about for awhile. There is nothing crazy new in this release but it does have some overall improvements. It is available now for Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino and from what I can tell the update is also available for BES Express. You can find the Service Pack for downloading here and the documentation here.

The main feature list includes:

Upgraded Java support

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 supports JRE v6.31 or higher

BlackBerry Monitoring Service removed

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 does not include the BlackBerry Monitoring Service. No version of the BlackBerry Monitoring Service works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4.

Character set support

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 includes support for sending messages that use Latin characters along with Hebrew or Arabic characters.

Increased message size limit

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 increases the maximum size of HTML email messages from 32KB to 300KB.

Increased attachment size limit

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 increases the default maximum attachment size from 3MB to 10MB.

Enhancements to email prepopulation

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 enhances the email prepopulation process in the following ways:

Includes both header and body information in prepopulated messages

Increases the default number of messages to prepopulate to 1000 or 14 days of messages

Performs prepopulation at every activation, not just when a PIN changes (for example if all data and applications are deleted and the smartphone is activated again)

Increased efficiency of reconciliation process

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 includes enhancements that reduce the workload on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry Configuration Database.

Enhancements to security features

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 includes security enhancements that are designed to allow verification of data integrity and authenticity for organizations that use multiple layers of encryption.

Full synchronization of sent email messages

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 synchronizes the full body of sent messages to the BlackBerry smartphone.

Canceled meeting options

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 allows you to leave canceled meetings in the calendar on your BlackBerry smartphone instead of automatically removing them.

Enhancements to access control policies

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 allows administrators to assign access control policies to both individuals and groups.

Support for password-protected attachments

The BlackBerry Attachment Service in BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 supports password-protected attachments.

Changes to sent message timestamps

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 uses the time from the BlackBerry smartphone to indicate the time a message was sent instead of using the time on the server. Sent messages now display the correct sent time even if the BlackBerry smartphone is in a time zone that is different from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

Support for additional shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint

The BlackBerry Attachment Service for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 displays more shapes from Microsoft PowerPoint attachments.

Online help for BlackBerry Enterprise Transporter

The BlackBerry Enterprise Transporter, a tool available in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Resource Kit 5.0 SP4 includes online help.

BlackBerry Domain Search tool removed

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server Resource Kit 5.0 SP4 does not include the BlackBerry Domain Search tool because BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio includes the features the tool offered.

Improvements to certificate administration

Administrators can configure VPN profile certificates for BlackBerry smartphones so that the user does not need to perform this task.

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